The premise of Name Tags and Other Sixth-Grade Disasters is strong and the humor laced throughout is a bonus, but it could be a lot better.
Browsing: ages 9-12
Catherine Fisher’s The Clockwork Crow is a magical mystery that will transport readers to Victorian Wales.
Barbara Dee’s latest middle-grade novel, My Life in the Fish Tank, is one of my favorite books of 2020.
A girl sets out to find her missing father and finds friends and adventure in the process in Beth McMullen’s Lola Benko, Treasure Hunter.
A girl and her family find themselves on the wrong side of a creepy local legend in Allison Rushby’s delightful The Mulberry Tree.
I don’t know exactly what I was expecting from Paul Acampora’s Danny Constantino’s First (And Maybe Last?) Date, but what I got was delightful.
David Almond and David Litchfield’s War is Over is a short novel — I read it in about 40 minutes — that packs a large emotional punch.
Katharine Orton’s Nevertell is a magical tale set in the Siberian cold. It’s a fast-moving read that has an air of a ghost story mixed with magical realism.
What do you do when your parents’ expectations aren’t something you can live up to? Sarah Jean Horwitz explores that idea in The Dark Lord Clementine.
Writing for young readers is a tremendous honor, says Nicole Valentine, author of the middle grade novel A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity.